The summer of 1988 may not jump right out to you as one of the greatest summer movie seasons of all time, but it did help set up a number of trends that are still extremely popular to this day, aside from being responsible for a healthy crop of good, solid fun-filled, lazy-day classics. I was 11-years-old when the summer of 1988 reached my household, and even though I was young and hopeless, my movie-obsessed parents still brought me to see any and every film they deemed suitable.
It was also around 1988 when I actually started to pay attention to the movies I was watching; I started to remember them and talked them up to my friends as soon as I arrived home. (Yes, I know, you all probably envisioned me exiting the womb while quoting Woody Allen in my thick New York accent, but there were more important things than movies to my 11-year-old self, like G.I. Joe action figures, junk food and Saturday morning cartoons. But at some point these entertaining movie theater moving picture shows actually began to have an impact on my young, naive brain, and I totally credit the summer of 1988 as being the year everything began to change.
The lineup went as follows (BOLD titles went on to become life-long favorites):
May 6: The summer of 1988 began with three relatively lame wide releases: Dead Heat, Salsa: The Motion Picture and Shakedown. But what this weekend did give us was a young Viggo Mortensen in his second film, Prisoner, which entered the world on a measly 42 screens. Dead Heat, however, starring Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo, is kind of a guilty pleasure.